NFR Retirement on the horizon

Discussion in 'Fly Fishing Forum' started by Steve Vaughn, Nov 2, 2013.

  1. cmann886

    cmann886 Active Member

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    I grew up in Pocatello and my Dad still lives there and one of my sons has been there for a couple of years now attending ISU. My brother is an ER physician in Rapid City SD (he is a hunting nut and not so much into fishing these day) and he has a very dim view of the medical profession in Pocatello. Idaho Falls is slightly better but for good care you would be going to Salt Lake which is about 150 miles south. You won't be able to get to the West Entrance of Yellowstone National Park in an hour unless you are into low altitude flight (figure closer to 3). If you are looking for good restaurants or culture Pocatello is not a place to look. ISU really does not add much. (I am an ISU graduate)

    Winter in Pocatello would be similar to Spokane for the amount of snow, but likely colder. Pocatello will be 5-10 degrees warmer than IF and 10-15 degrees warmer than the upper Snake River Valley on some days.
     
  2. zen leecher aka bill w

    zen leecher aka bill w born to work, forced to fish

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    I favor the cultural epicenter of Washington state of Moses Lake.
     
  3. JayB

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    -Can you define "cultural activities" more clearly? Major museums, operas, symphonies, and other high-end, capital intensive cultural arenas are going to be in short supply outside of Seattle and Portland, but if you mean decent restaurants and a coffee shop or two, a movie theater, and a community theater production every now and then of course there are quite a few more options on the menu.

    -Is fishing the only outdoor activity you have on the radar, or are things like skiing, hiking, biking, etc also something you want to consider?

    -Assuming that the small-venue stuff is what you're looking for, I'd second Ellensburg and Wenatchee and add a couple more to the list.

    -Hood River. Outdoor paradise, lots of good restaurants and active people, proximity to every conceivable kind of freshwater fishing, not too far from Portland, providence has a hospital with an ER in town, and you can live income tax free in White Salmon and shop tax-free in Hood River if economizing in that way matters more than the day-to-day convenience of living in town.

    -The Medford, Oregon area puts you mighty close to tons of good rivers and lakes, has an extremely dry, sunny climate, relatively low housing costs, and if you want restaurants, wineries, and theater (Shakespeare Festival) you can hit-up nearby Ashland. If money is no object then you could just live in Ashland but it's dramatically more expensive than surrounding communities. Jacksonville is also nearby - much smaller, but a good place to get your boutique shopping and eating on there.

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  4. JayB

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    Also suggest looking into Boise.
     
  5. wadin' boot

    wadin' boot Donny, you're out of your element...

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    +1 on Boise. Lots of good medical care there, good getaway to the mountains, decent airport, plenty of places to explore, lots of sun
     
  6. Steve Vaughn

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    All great responses, thanks. As far as the "cultural activities", I'm not looking for a lot of high brow stuff but as was mentioned community theater, passing art show, and such would make my wife's life more pleasant. I like to have decent restaurants (not chains), wine bars, and places to see live music once and a while. As for winter, that is one area we need to agree on. We lived on the shores of Lake Ontario so we aren't afraid of snow or driving in it, but my wife got pretty sick of the length of winter in Rochester. Next thing I knew we were living in Orlando - UGH! Of course, that puts traffic in perspective, as well.

    I realize there is no perfect location to satisfy all needs and wants, but being a displaced Eastcoaster I'm felling there must be better locations than the Tri-Cities, WA. Vladimir, we are considering Walla Walla as a possibility. If our girls and their families stay in Tri-Cities then Walla Walla would be close.

    Thanks, again for everyone's suggestions. Exploring all the possible places will be an enjoyable journey.

    Steve
     
  7. Nooksack Mac

    Nooksack Mac Active Member

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    At the risk of offending half of you, my short-form indicator re cultural activities is a town in which the main or only radio station does NOT play mostly country 'n western:p
     
  8. IveofIone

    IveofIone Active Member

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    Amen, Mac. There are 3 things you should never do in public:

    Pick your nose

    Masturbate

    Listen to country music

    Words to live by.

    Ive
     
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  9. generic

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    Stay in Washington....we need the tax revenue.

    In all seriousness, give back by volunteering your time to something in the community. I've seen far too many folks retire and just...grow old.

    Guys like yourself have lots to give back. God knows we need it. The Greatest Generation...piratically forgotten. It's sad really. Whatever you end up doing, it can't come soon enough though, right? :)
     
  10. Steve Vaughn

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    Not to worry Dave. My intention is to do something related to feeding people. The reality that there are people in this country don't have enough to eat really bothers me. Plus I owe Meals on Wheels a big payback for what they did for my grandmother, saving her life when she had fallen in her house. I look forward to planning our future and can't wait to be able to wake up in the morning and do what I want to do.

    Steve
     
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  11. Upton O

    Upton O Blind hog fisherman

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    Interesting thread since last week my wife turned in her notice (officially) and we'll be in ta-ta, adios, goodbye mode ourselves. Our goals are the same as yours, so we've settled on a small community in coastal Florida. We considered a number of locations, including Boise, Sante Fe, and some areas in Arizona, I'm tired of cold, wet, dark, long winters. Sadly, Sante Fe has been Californicated as has a few areas of Arizona, and Boise has snow so we're heading back to the Southeast. Hello Sunshine State...and year around fishing...and great football fever...and, (yes, I know it gets hot down there, lived in the South from 1971 through 1992, loved it) true barbecue.
     
  12. Steve Vaughn

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    Hey Upton, I have a townhouse in Orlando I would love to sell.
     
  13. freestoneangler

    freestoneangler Not to be confused with Freestone

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    Having been born in Ft. Lauderdale, moved away when I was about 9 and back a couple times for fun and business travels, there is something about having near year round sunshine and fishing every direction (both fresh and saltwater) that is alluring. Still, not sure I can be away from the Rocky Mountain West...decisions, decisions. Perhaps simply full time RV travel going any and every damn where one's internal compass wants is the best option :).
     
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  14. Upton O

    Upton O Blind hog fisherman

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    Steve, thanks for the condo alert but we're contracted for a house already. Plus, Orlando is not an area we would settle in. Ft. Lauderdale, as Freestoneangler says, could be alluring.
     
  15. Old Man

    Old Man Just an Old Man

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    Hell, all the ice in the poles is going to melt and you will soon be under water. I would rethink your retirement plans.